Release date: 19-06-2007, Label: Ever records
By: Elvira Visser
Amiina is an all girl sting-quartet from Iceland. All four have classical backgrounds
but like to experiment with not only their sting instruments. When you listen
to the songs on this album you hear very weird instruments like singing saws,
clarinet, trombone, trumpet and a tuba. Also you hear key instruments like a
piano, synthesizer and a harmonium. These together with a carillon, xylophone,
a mandolin and even some wine glasses makes it very special to listen to.
Their music can be described as a journey through a fairytale world with endless
paths of nostalgic and melancholy.
After an EP in 2004 called “AnimanimA”, touring around the world
and a world tour with Sigur Ros (an Icelandic musician), it was time for a new
album called “Kurr”, named after the sound that birds are said to
make in Iceland.
The first song “Sogg” on the album brings you immediately to this
safe and relaxed world. It creates something special with melancholic piano
tunes and little bells.
The second song starts with guitars and still sounds like melancholic relaxing
music, it continues and I wonder if they ever start singing or if this is just
a relaxing CD, but after some weird sounds of wineglasses and singing saws they
start singing together. Their voices fit perfectly together (changed the wordorder
here) and makes the songs a bit more energetic. They do not sing in words but
it is very melodious.
“Glamúr” has some deep and dark cello in it, which to me fits
perfectly and makes you wonder “This was a string band right”?
It seemed that they left their violas and cello for a spine of the songs and
experimented with instrument we would not think of.
These special instruments bring you different sounds, unusual in the pop music
In the song “lori” is seem to hear a harpsichord but soon the drums
seem to take over, balanced with a beautiful melody.
“Bláfeldur” starts as a surprise, maybe one of the less surprising
moments on the CD, together with “Lori”. This song has trumpets and
a tuba that lead you the way. The drums and these trumpets might take you a
little our of the fairy/dream world and place you more in a medieval world with
castles, and armies marching.
I really like these 2 songs as they are a bit different then the others but
they still fit perfectly in the total flow of the album.
“Boga” starts slowly and get you back into the melancholic dream world
and is a good end to this cd, but maybe the length should be bit shorter, this
7:39 is quite long. Maybe they could have made 2 songs out of this.
The mood from the first songs till the end seems to stick together. You can
hear kind of bell/carillon sounds. It reminds me of those old little music boxes
which you can open and a little ballerina start to dance or those little music
boxes that makes you fall asleep as a kid.
This album might get boring after a while, but if you like to escape reality
and end up in a dreamy world with beautiful melancholic music this is it. So
as I said many people will judge this as boring music, but I think it is a perfect
melancholic record without lyrics and really a piece of art work from these
4 Icelandic ladies.
| 1. Sogg